- 2-hour walking tour of St Petersburg’s communist sites
- Learn about significant events in the city’s communist history like the October Revolution
- Pass the Museum of Political History of Russia to see where Lenin delivered many of his speeches
- Visit key communist sites like a Soviet-era café, the former KGB headquarters, and a restored battleship named the Aurora
- See Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the few sites left unchanged by the communists
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
If you are a history enthusiast, this tour is an absolute must! One of the benefits of having a guide is that you’ll get a greater insight into the fascinating communist era, learning things that the history books might not tell you.
What You Can Expect
Learn about this fascinating era of Russian history as you explore the city, hearing tales of Lenin who re-christened Petrograd as Leningrad, and then of his successor, Stalin. Much of the country’s well-documented repression took place under Stalin’s leadership, but your guide will introduce you to the sites linked to both leaders’ reigns.
See the building known locally as ‘big house’ – an old facility of the KGB – where thousands of citizens were shot or deported to concentration camps, and then stop for photos by the Russian cruiser Aurora, hearing of her crucial role during the October Revolution.
Walk through the Field of Mars, an expanse of parkland that served as a vegetable garden when food in the city was scarce, and listen to tales of daily life in the Soviet-era city. Visit a communist-themed café plus intriguing sites such as Crosses Prison and Solovetsky Stone – a memorial to the victims of political repression.
Visit Zayachy Island to see Peter and Paul Fortress – one of the few St Petersburg sites left relatively unscathed by the communists – and then stop outside the Museum of Political History of Russia to see the balcony where Lenin delivered his rousing speeches.
After two hours exploring the communist sites of St Petersburg, make your way back to the start point where your tour finishes.